Handling investigations used to be just about lifting fingerprints, extracting blood, and obtaining witness testimonies. With the technological innovations come more ways to conduct investigation and corroborate evidence and findings.
DNA swabbing elevated the results and allowed better matching of an individual to a sample than just mere blood typing that was practiced in the 80s. ShotSpotter allowed law enforcement to specify locations where guns were fired even without a witness. NIBIN allowed investigators to link gun-related incidents even outside their jurisdiction. Cellebrite lets the devices, data and other digital evidence do the talking when witness, victim, or suspect testimonies are lacking.
All these innovative technologies allowed law enforcement to be more thorough and efficient in conducting investigations. Three experts from different regions share their experiences utilizing these investigative tools. We are joined by Shannon Kail from the Milwaukee PD, Trevor Goode from the Glendale PD, and Ed Michael from the Orlando Florida PD as they discuss how these technologies made all the difference in solving otherwise challenging cases.
Shannon, Trevor, and Ed took turns into reviewing how their jurisdictions benefited from these innovations. Some of the topics they discussed are:
- The various technologies that provide intelligence in investigations to solve crimes.
The foremost incident where NIBIN was utilized in the Milwaukee Crime Gun Intelligence Center and how it became the precursor to the PD leveraging multiple technologies in their investigations.
The District 3 Crime case study that aimed to mitigate the increasing firearm-related cases in an area within their jurisdiction where:
- A visualization of how the three technologies were used collaboratively by law enforcement to resolve a case.
- Cellebrite was maximized to extract incriminating evidence from suspects’ devices.
- NIBIN and ShotSpotter allowed them to isolate the cases and focus their resources to a specific area.
- NIBIN enabled them to link incidents through ballistic evidence.
- ShotSpotter was able to capture various reports of gunshots.
Glendale PD’s case study where a shooting transpired in a neighborhood where nobody, even the victim, seemingly wants to cooperate on the investigation that discusses:
The evidence that law enforcement was able to work on using the victim’s car, the suspect’s GPS monitor bracelet, and ShotSpotter report.
- Why the victim did not want to assist police investigation.
- How the suspect was identified through GPS monitoring and ShotSpotter.
- Why witnesses on scene did not want to participate.
- The crime spree that the suspect continued on to commit after the shooting.
- How DNA testing and NIBIN correlation is utilized as evidence against the suspect that led to an arrest.
- The evidence that law enforcement was able to work on using the victim’s car, the suspect’s GPS monitor bracelet, and ShotSpotter report.
Orlando PD’s YJB gang case study that looked into the timeline of the gang from their small beginnings to their bigger crimes including:
- The various agencies that got involved in the case.
- Digital evidence that law enforcement accessed by seizing gang members’ phones.
- Challenges that law enforcement faced with processing the evidence, the different needs of the various agencies dealing with the case, and the deluge of data/evidence.
- How Cellebrite and digital evidence from face detection, GPS coordinates in photos, messaging timelines, groups and other activities made it possible to create an intricate diagram that enabled to build a stronger.
- The common factors in the three case studies.
The resource speakers clarified the audience’s queries related to:
- Managing cases where there are multiple agencies involved in investigation
- Utilizing information from the Cellebrite Analytics Enterprise
- Patrol officers’ familiarity with these technologies
- Getting through devices security and encryption
- Tradecraft in communication devices for street gangs
- Funding and procurement of discussed technologies
- The technicalities involved in utilizing cellphone tolls
- Checking for DNAs in firearms
- Obtaining and interpreting cellphone toll data
- Explaining technical concepts to the jury
- The expanse of the NIBIN network